2015 Toys for Tots Drive

The Prince George's African American Museum and Cultural Center would like to thank everyone who donated toys for the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program.

THE PG County Youth Poet Laureate Program


Win a book publishing deal and represent PG County across the region!

The PGC – YPL program will bring light to our future leaders through poetry, performance, education, human relations & civic engagement across Prince George’s County.  The 12 finalists & 1 laureate will perform & be honored at the Inaugural Prince George’s County Youth Poet Laureate Coronation at











THE PGC – YPL Program is a joint venture of Urban Word of NYC and DIALECT of PG County, along with LYRIKAL STORM, with additional collaboration by the American Poetry Museum, the PG County African American Museum and Cultural Center, ECO City Farms, and the Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund, with generous support from county residents like you.


From October 19th till November 16th, online submissions were accepted at www.dialect-usa.com from county residents ages 14-19 who are poets, rappers, youth leaders and activists interested in representing PG County abroad.  A panel of esteemed judges will select 12 finalists to be given the distinction of Youth Poet Ambassador for PG County, and one teen will be honored with the title of PG County Youth Poet Laureate.


Along with winning the prestigious title of Poet Laureate, the winning poet will also win a book deal from Penmanship Books to publish their first collection of poems, as well as a reading tour.  The Laureate and County Ambassadors will have numerous opportunities and platforms to share their talent and energy at various events across the DC Metro area.


Urban Word and their partners recognize that youth voice and community engagement are vital for empowering young people to create lasting change in their immediate and global communities. Local and national partners include Youth Speaks, PG Parks and Recreation, and Penmanship Publishing.


For More Info contact:

Patrick Washington 301 237 6684

Neville Adams 240 426 2629

Or email blackpicasso@gmail.com

Transforming the Image of Black Men

Nearly 70 people attended PGAAMCC's 'Artist Talk' for the current exhibition 'Transforming Anew: Perspectives on Black Men' on Saturday, March 21.

Curator Jon West-Bey moderated the lively two-hour conversation about the images of black men and how recent events in Ferguson, Mo. and Florida inspired the provocative pieces featured in the exhibition by artists Chanel Compton, Nehemiah Dixon and David Ibata. Attendees eagerly engaged the artists with questions about interpretations of their work and how personal experiences in the United States and travels abroad may have influenced the artist's work.

See it for yourself!

'Transforming Anew: Perspectives of Black Men' will be on display at the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center from February 6th, 2015 until April 25th, 2015.  For more information call (301) 809-0440, email programs@pgaamcc.org, or visit the Museum’s website at www.pgaamcc.org.

 This exhibition is proudly sponsored by:

Dr. Donald Wallace Jones, Dr. Betty Jean Tolbert Jones and Ms. Tracey Tolbert Jones and also Mary-Frances Winters, President and CEO of The Winters Group, Inc.


What a great way to start of Women’s History Month! Congratulations Sistah Joy!

The Prince George's African American Museum and Cultural Center would like to congratulate Sistah Joy for being selected by Grace Cavalieri, a nationally recognized literary giant and Dan Murano as the March 2015 Featured Poet on their literary blog series.

Click on the links below to learn more about her work as a poet, and to also read 4 of her poems.



Standalone page: http://danmurano.com/poetry/sistah-joy

Website: http://www.sistahjoy.com/

Email: Poetsistahjoy@aol.com

If you are interested in her books, her name appears in literary registries as J. Joy Matthews Alford, or you may contact her directly by reply email. For persons connected with businesses, churches, schools, literary or community-based organizations, please make note that April is National Poetry Month.  She would be happy to speak with you about being a guest speaker or featured artist at an event during the month of April or at any time throughout the year.

Transforming Anew Perspectives of Black Men Exhibit Opening

Join us this Saturday, February 28th from 6 - 8 pm for the opening of our newest exhibit, Transforming Anew Perspectives in Black Men featuring the artwork of Chanel Compton, Nehemiah Dixon and David Ibata.

Location: PGAAMCC

4519 Rhode Island Avenue, North Brentwood, MD 20722

Tune into PGCTV on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays @ 1:15 PM for an airing of the PGAAMCC Documentary, "A Space of Their Own"

The 16-min PGAAMCC documentary, “A Space of Their Own” featuring Mayor Beverly, our very own, Dr. Jacqueline F. Brown (“The Real Queen B”), Laurence Winston and the mayors of first five historic African-American towns in Prince George’s County will air for the rest of the month of February on PGCTV on Tuesdays, Thursday, and Friday’s at 1:15pm.

Museum-in-a-Box Presentation at the Fairwood Branch Old Line Bank

Old Line Bank, Inc. and PGAAMCC proudly presents a unique opportunity for you and your family to 'Celebrate history - Art & Culture in Prince George's County!!

Join us for a "Museum-in-a-box presentation entitled, "The war of 1812: The Life and Times of Charles Ball, Once Slave and Soldier." Enjoy an examination of historical artifacts and arts and crafts during this interactive workshop.Fairwood Branch Event Flier

Date: February 21, 2015

Time: 10:30 - 11:30 AM


Fairwood Branch

12100 Annapolis Road, Suite 1

Glenn Dale, MD 20769

Sponsored by Old Line Bank, Inc.:


North Brentwood Public Art Project

If you can brave the brisk weather this season, try to enjoy a nice walk or drive around Historic North Brentwood while learning history!

PGAAMCC presents 4 public art installations that celebrates the history, art, and culture of North Brentwood; the first Historically Black Township of Prince George's County. The public art is located at the Prince George's African American Museum & Cultural Center (PGAAMCC), Baby Dee's Guest Club, Gwendolyn Britt Senior Activity Center, and the Gateway CDC.

Public Art Locations:
Mural 1: Title: Nicholas, Location: PGAAMCC, 4519 Rhode Island Avenue
Mural 2: Title: Play that Song, Mr. Ellington Location: Baby Dees, 4516 41st Avenue
Mural 3: Title: For Our Generation, Location: Gwendolyn Britt, 4009 Wallace Road
Mural 4: Title: Our Hands will Rejoice, Build, & Shelter, Location: Gateway CDC, 4102 Webster St

Artwork produced by our very own Educational Director and prolific, muralist, Chanel Compton.

This project is sponsored by Art Lives Here and Gatweway Community Development Corporation.

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Celebrating the Legacy of MLK, Jr.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday was first observed as a national holiday in 1986. However, his life had become a fixed part of American mythology for years prior to that. Dr. King helped expand the rights of many African Americans; his victories touched the lives of other minorities, and for many whites who welcomed the change his leadership brought, King’s life seemed mythological even as he lived it. He is celebrated as a hero not only for the legislation he enabled, but for his articulation of dreams and hopes shared by many during an era of upheaval and change.

For many born after his death, Dr. King is known best for his "I Have a Dream" speech which reflects this spirit and was delivered in 1963, at the height of his fame. The federal holiday, celebrated on the third Monday in January, commemorates Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, who articulated the progressive, human hope of the early 1960s.

Honor Dr. King’s legacy through a day of service. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of each of our beloved communities. We support Dr. King’s belief in a nation of freedom and justice for all, and encourage all citizens to live up to the purpose and potential of America by applying the principles of nonviolence to make this country a better place to live.

In Memoriam: Marion Barry

"Mayor for Life"

Civil rights activist, Marion Barry is the definition of a game changer.  Since his move to Washington, D.C. in 1965, he managed to become one of the most influential, charismatic, and unforgettable politicians of his time. Although Marion Barry is greatly known for being the second and fourth mayor of Washington, D.C., he was the first chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the President of the D.C. School Board (1972-1974). He also held a seat as a member of the D.C. City Council three times. Marion Barry co-founded PRIDE, Inc. in 1967 and started the D.C. Summer Youth Program in 1979. His dedication and commitment was displayed through his many efforts to improve the city he called home. Marion Barry’s life was a testimony that despite your flaws, mistakes, and imperfections; you can still positively impact and inspire your community.

Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center would like to take a moment to pay homage to the former Mayor of the District of Columbia, City Council member, D.C. School Board President, and civil rights activist, Marion S. Barry.